EWA's current Smart Grid programme - with investments upwards of US$1.9bn - aligns with the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050.
"This involves providing 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050," said Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer, managing director and CEO, DEWA.
"The new smart grid provides advanced features which include interoperability across the entire electricity and water network. It is an integral part of DEWA's strategy to develop state-of-the-art infrastructure for managing facilities and services according to smart and integrated systems using disruptive technologies and fourth Industrial revolution applications."
As part of the 2014-2035 smart grid strategy, DEWA has replaced existing electricity and water meters with smart meters between 2015 and 2020. Between 2015 and 2017, DEWA fully automated its transmission network connected to the 400kV and 132 kV substations. In 2017, DEWA deployed its multi-application RF Mesh network across Dubai. Since then, it has expanded to provide communication to more than 4,200 distribution substations. This supports smart grid applications such as electricity and water smart meters and the automation of the distribution network.